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Analytical solutions for a broadband concurrent aeroelastic and base vibratory energy harvester
Author(s): Liya Zhao
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Paper Abstract

Concurrent energy harvesting by simultaneously harvesting wind and base vibration energy has received very little attention until recently. Yet a major problem with a traditional wind energy harvester under concurrent loadings is the dramatically reduced efficiency when the base vibration frequency deviates from the resonance. This paper investigates a novel design to enhance concurrent energy harvesting from concurrent base vibrations and wind flows. A piecewiselinear aeroelastic energy harvester is integrated with a stopper which can also work as a complementary generator. In order to fast and accurately characterize the response of the harvester, exact analytical solutions are derived based on the harmonic balance analysis and method of averaging. The interaction of the two coexisting excitation frequencies as well as the impact effects between the aeroelastic energy harvester and the stopper are fully considered. Closed-form expressions for both mechanical and electrical responses are presented and validated numerically. Results show that a greatly widened bandwidth is achieved with the proposed design where both aeroelastic and base vibratory energy are effectively harnessed. The analytical solutions are essential to fully understand the characteristics of this new kind of broadband concurrent energy harvester, and serve as a guideline for efficient performance evaluation and parameter optimization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2019
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10967, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems XIII, 109671E (21 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2522088
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Liya Zhao, Univ. of Technology, Sydney (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10967:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems XIII
Alper Erturk, Editor(s)

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